Greater Houlton cross-country team runs well at Penobscot Valley Conference championship

The Greater Houlton Cross Country team had another successful outing at the Penobscot Valley Conference Championships this past weekend, hosted by longtime PVC member, Caribou High School.  The girls went up against a very tough Orono team and eventually fell to them 27 to 42 while the boys, who were running without #2 runner Jack Philbrook, managed to still place well enough for 6th overall out of 8 teams.

Full Results

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Girls Varsity –

Boys JV –

Girls JV –

Class C Boys – Houlton/GHCA Results

  1. James Brady 18:55.64
  2. Phillip Espenscheid 20:39.52
  3. Colton Simoes 20:48.34
  4. Kristian Kellerhals 23:50.19
  5. Ethan Casale 36:38.75

Class C Girls – Houlton/GHCA Results

  1. Teanne Ewings 19:16.17
  2. Natalie Johnson 20:40.06
  3. Leanne Ross 22:28.04
  4. McKenna Phillips 23:19.39
  5. Andrea Ross 23:20.76
  6. Joelle Hanscom 23:52.88
  7. Victoria Ervin 24:46.82

JV Girls – Houlton/GHCA Results

  1. Amelia Drake 25:57.69
  2. Charlotte Hanscom 26:20.57
  3. Danlen Espenscheid 33:30.55

Individually we had some standout performances from Teanne, Natalie, Leanne Joelle, James, Ethan, Amelia, and Charley.  At the PVC’s, varsity races are run together between Class B and Class C.  Once the results are tallied, they are divided up and awarded as separate classes.  The JV races remain scored and placed together.

In the varsity girls race, Ruth White of Orono ran out front the entire way

but was pursued close by the trio of Teanne, Amelia Van Dongen of MDI, and Thea Crowley of GSA.  Teanne would go on to outlast Crowley which helped us in the Class C ranks, but Van Dongen would be the race’s overall #2 on the day.

Natalie and Leanne would claim individual top 10 places in the class c results going #4 and #9 overall respectively.  Joelle Hanscom was promoted to varsity for this race as she has been showing some great improvement in practice and previous meets.  Her time of 23:52 ended up being 6th overall for us, and just 32 seconds behind our #5.  This broke her previous best time by about 30 seconds.

In the boy’s varsity race freshman standout, James Brady was the top 9th grader to

Greater Houlton’s James Brady entering the final stretch to the finish line. (Teagan Ewings photo)

complete the course overall.  His 18:55 was good for 10th place in the Class C ranks and he earned a PVC medal to show for it.  Running short-handed without Jack, we promoted Ethan Casale to varsity for this championship, a challenge he was eager to tackle.  Running side by side with guide Coach Dyer, Ethan had his third fastest race of the season and kept the team scoring alive by being our 5th boy scorer.

For the girl’s JV it was Amelia and Charley running in the top ten the entire length of the course.  They were met by some difficult class B JV runners from MDI.  Amelia ran just 5 seconds off her PR, good for 7th place, which was an incredible feat considering the damp wet course and slower than usual conditions up in Caribou.  Charley was close behind in eighth and narrowly missed her PR as well by 20 seconds.  Both received medals for their efforts.


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